Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Melbourne, Australia
PSAB: Where did the band name “Conscious Control" come from exactly?
CC: Conscious Control was Formed by our guitarist Tony as a project in high school a long time before members even joined, he always said he just came up with the name one day out of nowhere, but I have a theory that he got the idea from the In Flames 2002 album Reroute to Remain which has a Mantra on the front cover that says “Fourteen songs of conscious Insanity” it made sense to us because we are all big fans of that record.
PSAB: Your debut EP Feed The Machine came out a while back. How was the feedback when you released it?
CC: Mostly good we had lots of good feedback from fans as well as people hearing us for the first time, we were always had apprehensions about how the record was going to be received especially in our home scene (Melbourne, Vic) just because we are making a different style than what is popular at the moment.
I don’t really think there is a band that is making melodic metal the way that we are, so any negative feedback mostly came from people who are more fans of “core music” and they find us to be a bit too flashy with guitar solos. But the for the most part the feedback has been very positive
PSAB: Why did you choose to play the type of metal you play? Why not play other sub-genres of metal?
CC: We believe Conscious Control incorporates many different styles to make a unique sound and it’s not so much a matter of choice of what we play but more what we feel. Times change and music tastes change as well but that doesn’t mean that just because bands like Trivium, Lamb of God, as I lay dying, All That Remains, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Sylosis, etc.. Etc... are not part of this new scene doesn’t mean they aren’t still kicking ass musically, there are still musicians out there that will spend $5000 on gear and learn their instrument, rather than buying a shitty $100 guitar but spend $5000 on tattoo’s, stretchers and the right clothes, owning a guitar doesn’t make you a guitarist.
We play what we want to play we are music fans as much as we are musicians and we want to hear big epic songs, with solos and breakdowns, guttural vocals and pounding drums, when I was a kid my favourite thing about music was how you could get lost in a song how it tells you a story and makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck, we are just trying to recreate that feeling.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Melbourne, Australia?
CC: Very Clicky you have to know the right people be in with the right crowd we sort of built our own little scene outside of the “Click” with a lot of bands like us that aren’t in the “scene” so we play a lot more outer suburban shows with a lot of up and coming bands as well as bands not involved with this “repeatcore” crap in the inner suburbs so we play with a lot of thrash bands, black metal, old school hard-core and death metal bands.
PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?
CC: Trivium, Lamb Of God, Sylosis, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Bullet For My Valentine, Machine Head, Metallica, Still Remains, Motionless in White, Arch Enemy, Parkway Drive, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Thy Art Is Murder, Caliban, Avenged Sevenfold, Devildriver, In Flames, War of Ages and so on..
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
CC: Massive shout out to everyone who supported us as well as helped make this record possible the list of people who we would have to thank is way too long it took a small army of friends and family to Make Conscious Control – Feed the Machine Possible and we are very lucky to have such great people around us